Common Name: Air Plant
Species: T. kolbii
Leaf Color: Green to light green – base covered in trichomes
Flower Color: Purple
Lifespan: Several years
Watering: Submerge 20-30 minutes – once a week
Propagation: Seeds and pups
Natural Habitat: Guatemala
Tillandsia kolbii Care
Part of the Bromeliaceae family, Tillandsia kolbii is an epiphytic air plant that naturally grows in Guatemala. This particular species is characterized by its light green to almost silver-colored leaves with a purple hue. The base of each leaf is also covered in trichomes, or tiny hair-like structures, which help Tillandsia kolbii absorb moisture and nutrients from the air. Caring for Tillandsia kolbii is relatively easy.
Here are a few general care tips:
Submerge your Tillandsia kolbii in water for 20-30 minutes once a week. This will give the plant time to absorb the water it needs to stay healthy.
Place your Tillandsia kolbii in an area that receives bright, indirect light. too much direct sunlight can harm the plant.
Tillandsia kolbii prefers warm temperatures and will do best in an environment that is between 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit. Most indoor environments will meet this criteria.
The plant will produce small purple flowers only once in its lifetime. After it flowers, Tillandsia kolbii will die, but it will produce pups before it does.
Tillandsia kolbii Habitat
Tillandsia kolbii is native to Guatemala, where it grows on trees and other plants in the wild.
Tillandsia kolbii Lifespan
Expect your Tillandsia kolbii to live for several years with proper care.
Propagating Tillandsia kolbii
After the plant flowers and dies, it will produce pups that can be propagated to create new plants. You can also propagate Tillandsia kolbii from seed, although it is a slower process.
Tillandsia kolbii Toxicity
This plant is non-toxic and safe to have around pets and children.